Significant Storm Possible Friday

Category: Weather

We are still watching the forecast for the end of this week to see if we will get one last big snow storm.

Until then we have sun and clouds with highs in the 50's today.  We could see a few stray showers this afternoon into tonight from a weak system.  The biggest impact may just be cooler temperatures for Monday with highs dropping into the 40's.

We may warm back into the 50's again Tuesday through Thursday.  

Theridge of high pressure from the past week is breaking down and a large trough in the Eastern Pacific will help to direct a stronger storm into CA by the end of the week.  We have been watching and talking about this storm over the past week.  The forecast models are holding with a forecast for the jet stream to take aim at CA and a storm that will tap decent Pacific moisture for April.

The precip could start by Thursday night with the heaviest expected Friday into Friday night, then tapering to showers Saturday into Saturday night.  The snow levels start high Thursday night around 8000 feet and may sit there through the day on Friday.  So this may be a heavy rain event for the base and the lower half of the mountain Friday.

A cold front moves through Friday night dropping snow levels below the base, and there may be enough moisture left to get an accumulation into Saturday.  On the mountain above 8000 feet we could see a few feet of snow.  Below that up to a foot but it depends on the snow levels and how fast they fall before the heaviest precip moves out.

Behind the storm much colder air settles in with highs only in the 30's next weekend and into early the week of the 9th.  There could be another weak system that brings light snow on the 9th.  

Then high pressure may build back in with drier and milder weather for much of the rest of April.

BA